2 Shallow Loops down the long-side at the Trot.
Shallow loops are a wonderful way of suppling the back through gentle changes of bend, be sure to take a stride or two of straight as you change bend and make sure that you keep the loops shallow, no more than 3 – 4 meters in off the track.
Riding shallow loops down the long-side teaches both the horse and rider that inside and outside aids are relative to the bend and not necessarily relative to the direction that you are travelling around the arena.
For example; if you are traveling clockwise around the arena (or, to the right) and you have your horse bent to the right, then the inside aids are the right leg and rein and the outside aids are the left leg and rein. However, if you are travelling colockwise around the ring and you have your horse bent to the left, then you are riding a counter pattern and your left leg and rein would then be your inside aids (even though they are the aids closest to the outside of the arena) and your outside aids would then be your right leg and rein (even though they are the aids closest to the inside or center of the arena.
The inside aids are relative to the bend, not the center of the arena.
Leaving at H slightly bent left, straighten for a stride or two and then change the bend to the right once you are about 1.5m from the track and 1/4 the distance to E.
Continue to make the loop larger left until you are about 3m from the track and 1/2 the distance between H and E then start to ask the horse to return to the track with your outside aids, once again changing bend back to the left when you are about 1.5m from the track and 3/4 the distance between H and E.
The feeling should be like you are riding a smooth, shallow “snake like” path.
Repeat for the second loop between E and K and finish up with a 10m circle in the purple cone corner.
Now let’s repeat these exercises on the other rein, starting with 4 loops up the center line.
Read More Pages in this Dressage Training Article.
- Warming Up at the Trot, Riding 10 meter Circles
- Warming Up at the Trot, Shallow Loops on the Center Line
- Warming Up at the Trot, Ride 4 Shallow Loops Up the Center Line
- Warming Up at the Trot, Ride 2 Shallow Loops down the Long Side
- Warming Up at the Trot, Leg Yield Right to Half Pass Right
- Warming Up at the Trot, Leg Yield Left to Half Pass Left
- Warming Up at the Trot, Leg Yield In, Half Pass Back